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Ashley Olsen calls it quits as an actress

Ashley Olsen is leaving acting for good

Ashley Olsen is bidding adieu to Hollywood -- at least when it comes to getting work as an actress.

This simply makes it official: Though acting made the Olsen twins famous, Mary Kate Olsen's twin sister hasn't starred in a film since 2004, spending her time developing fashion lines the Row and Elizabeth and James instead. And she's not looking back.

"It was time to step behind the process. I wanted to work on other things. It doesn't mean I'm not interested in Hollywood, I like the way it operates and the people who are involved and the sense of possibility," Ashley Olsen told British Elle.

"But if I ever do get back in, it's not going to be as an actress."

The family thespian duties now fall in the capable hands of Mary Kate and Ashley's younger sister, Elizabeth -- well received for her breakout performance in last year's "Martha Marcy May Marlene."

Ashley and Mary Kate have been sleeper hits in the fashion community, landing positive reviews for their chic womenswear and accessories.

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Photo: Mary Kate Olsen, left, and Ashley Olsen in June 2010. Credit: Stephen Lovekin / Getty Images


Vanity Fair Hollywood issue gets fresh with Mara, Chastain

Rooney Mara, Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Chastain and Mia Wasikowska and more cover the VF Hollywood Issue

Some lovely faces are trumpeting the approaching Oscars ceremony, thanks to Monday's unveiling of the Vanity Fair Hollywood issue, which stars fresh faces Rooney Mara, Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska and more.

Soft pastels and finger waves help the crop of young actresses bring an Old Hollywood cover tableau to life, with its extended pages featuring Elizabeth Olsen, Adepero Oduye, Shailene Woodley, Paula Patton, Felicity Jones, Lily Collins and Brit Marling.  

Among the makeup chair revelations imparted in video from the shoot was Mara's confession that she hadn't seen "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo." 

"I haven't seen it yet," she said. "I didn't watch dailies. Sometimes I'd watch playback if it would help."

Also, with fellow Oscar nominee and prolific newbie Chastain, she'd discussed the one movie they'd never switch the channel for: "Me and Jessica were just talking about 'Zoolander.' It's probably a guilty pleasure." 

Check out glam, girly video from the shoot below and tell us your thoughts on the Hollywood issue in comments. 

 

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Photo: Rooney Mara, left, Jennifer Lawrence, Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Elizabeth Olsen, Adepero Oduye, Shailene Woodley, Paula Patton, Felicity Jones, Lily Collins and Brit Marling. Credit: Mario Testino / Vanity Fair


Sundance party preview: Drake, Lizzie Olsen to hit the snow

Sundance Film Festival party preview

No sooner do Golden Globes gowns and tuxedos hit the floor than snow boots and knits come on, as Hollywood migrates to Utah for the Sundance Film Festival.

Here's the Ministry's guide to the most anticipated parties, performances and star gatherings that will light up Park City.

Bing Bar: The search engine company returns to the former Claim Jumper Hotel with three floors of space to accommodate film junkets, cast dinners and after-parties. Cast members of "Lay the Favorite" will chow down there after their festival premiere, which could see Catherine Zeta-Jones, Rebecca Hall, Bruce Willis and Joshua Jackson. On Saturday evening, Drake is set to light up the main stage.

Village at the Lift: Normally reserved for skiing enthusiasts, the lift at the base of Main Street will once again host T-Mobile's hospitality hub for filmmakers, celebs and media. By day, the frost-bitten will enjoy Wi-Fi access and treats from the McCafe lounge and salon services at the Miami Oasis Suite. By night, it will house the festival's biggest celeb party draw: the Tao nightclub pop-up.

Acura Studio: The official festival sponsor will host vehicles (natch), chief among them a special treat for film fans: a peek at the Acura Super Car, featured in the upcoming superhero epic "The Avengers." The 528 Main St. space will also see celebrations for films including "Your Sister's Sister" with Emily Blunt, Rosemarie DeWitt and Mark Duplass.

7 Fresh Faces: Denim house 7 For All Mankind and Gen Art team each year to toast a generation of talent to watch, and this year's crop includes actresses Ari Graynor, Olivia Thirlby and Lizzy Caplan, held at the Bertoli Meal Soup chalet (the popular Sky Lodge space).

Blue Door experience: Grey Goose hosts a bunch of events, including a bash for the new season of the Sundance Channel's "Iconoclast" series. Paul Simon will host a conversation about the series, and celebrations are also expected for shows such as "Redlights," starring Elizabeth Olsen and Sigourney Weaver. 

Chefdance: The annual culinary celebration returns to Main Street to feed frozen toes. This year, expect cameos from the likes of Hung Huynh, a winner of "Top Chef" to serve delicious dishes with pairings like Cascal fermented soda.

Swag time: Naturally, a built-in component for the festival are the giveaways. Folks like CanWeStudios.com, creators of the smartphone app for CanWeMeet and CanWeNetwork, are giving away the iPad 2 and Apple TV device to select celebs.

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Photo: A scene from Main Street, in downtown Park City, Utah, on Tuesday, two days before the start of the Sundance Film Festival. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times  



2011 Gotham Awards: Charlize Theron feels the actress love

Charlize Theron with Patton Oswalt, Jason Reitman

IFP's Gotham Independent Films Awards went off Monday in Manhattan with nary a "Dark Knight" rising -- though the event counted one evil queen in Charlize Theron.

The South African blond was on hand to accept a career achievement award on a night that saw honors for Brad Pitt's "Tree of Life," "Beginners" and actress Felicity Jones.

The once-bullied Theron looked chic in a black-and-white frock, flanked by her "Young Adult" director Jason Reitman, costar Patton Oswalt and gorgeous mom Gerda. Though the award was for Charlize exclusively, backstage she opened up about supporting other actresses.

Photos: Stars attend the 2011 IFP Gotham Independent Film Awards

Theron admitted that she was busy filming "Snow White and the Huntsman," but said she needed to catch up on some award-season films featuring her female peers.

"Of course, this idea that we're not supportive of each other is just total [bull]," she told THR. 

Departing the Euphoria Calvin Klein lounge, Theron headed back to her table where she enjoyed her whole meal (including the bread and fondue, a Ministry onlooker said) and mingling with the likes of Zachary Quinto, Penn Badgley, Judy Greer and hostess Edie Falco.

While "Martha Marcy May Marlene" star Lizzie Olsen lost the breakout award to Jones for "Like Crazy," she said she was grateful to be invited. And though she's more than made her mark with performances this year, some folks still mistake her for sisters Mary-Kate and Ashley.

"I'm 50/50," she admitted to some admirers, saying she had physical traits of both her siblings.

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Photo: Patton Oswalt, left, Charlize Theron and director Jason Reitman at the IFP's 21st Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards in New York City on Monday. Credit: Stephen Lovekin / Getty Images



Jennifer Aniston, Barbra Streisand rock Elle Women in Hollywood

Elle Women in Hollywood

What is so gratifying about insights into the world of an actress, such as those offered at the 18th Elle Women in Hollywood honors Monday? The struggle for equality, the transcendence of performance, the bonds of sisterhood in a ferocious industry? 

Perhaps it's simply the knowledge that, according to Reese Witherspoon, they share manicure-and-makeout sessions.

At least that was one of more than a few funny highlights from the event, toasting a pack of women who have pushed boundaries for their craft and gender. 

PHOTOS: 2011 Elle Women in Hollywood

Introducing honoree Jennifer Aniston, Witherspoon celebrated the "Friends" alum's rare combination of "sex appeal and complete loveability. You want to get your nails done with her, and then make out with her. At least I do."

Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston"That's what we do sometimes on Saturdays," Witherspoon cracked, as the ballroom of the Four Seasons Beverly Hills erupted in laughter. "We get our nails done ... and then make out. That's because she's my friend and not yours." 

Camaraderie abounded at the dinner, during which  honoree and L'Oreal Paris ambassador Freida Pinto sang the praises of Legend Award winner Barbra Streisand, saying Streisand's track "Putting It Together" helps her persevere. But the focus of the event was work yet to be done for Hollywood females.

"I've learned ... that you need to just focus on the work," honoree Viola Davis told us. "When you show up to set worried about your weight, worried about the success of your last movie, worried about your image you can't do anything. You can't even leave the ground." 

Echoing those same sentiments in her acceptance speech, after an introduction from her "The Help" costar Octavia Spencer, Davis saw the entire room on its feet as a standing ovation was kicked off by Aniston tablemate Chelsea Handler.

Other honorees included Naomi Watts, radiant in Calvin Klein Collection, who told some interesting anecdotes about the nature of roles for women but made room to thank the men in her life: partner Liev Schreiber and their sons, Sasha and Kai.

Elizabeth Olsen was saluted by her "Martha Marcy May Marelne" costar John Hawkes, Evan Rachel Wood by Robin Wright, DreamWorks honcho Stacey Snider by Jon Hamm, Michelle Pfeiffer by Adam Shankman and finally, Streisand by "The Hurt Locker" director Kathryn Bigelow -- to whom Streisand had handed the first best director Oscar ever awarded to a woman.

"[Let's] not wait for the phone to ring," Streisand urged her peers. "It's easier to relax, to not be judged, not to have pressure, no scrutiny, you don't have to face rejection."

"Let's be bold," Streisand said.

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Top photo: From left, Naomi Watts, Viola Davis, Michelle Pfeiffer, Barbra Streisand, Jennifer Aniston, Elle editor-in-chief Robbie Myers, Stacey Snider, Freida Pinto and Evan Rachel Wood at the Elle Women in Hollywood honors. Credit: Getty Images

Bottom photo: Reese Witherspoon, left, cuddles up to her very kissable pal Jennifer Aniston at the event at the Four Seasons. Credit: Matt Sayles / Associated Press


Mary-Kate and Ashley mark Elizabeth Olsen's magazine-cover debut

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For the Olsen women, certain milestones must be noted -- for instance, young breakout star Elizabeth Olsen's first magazine cover.

Naturally sisters Mary-Kate and Ashley came to toast this important rite of passage, which came courtesy of Nylon. Editor Marvin Scott Jarrett welcomed the three for dinner at New York eatery Sons of Essex, where they were joined by "Twilight Saga" actor Xavier Samuel and Cory Kennedy.

Dubbed an "it" girl, Elizabeth, 22, seemed flattered for the recognition but more focused on being a capable woman. 

"I have to attribute the way I have always looked at [work] to my father, because he was a really good influence on us. It was always very important to him that his daughters be financially independent," she told the magazine.

"He wanted us to know that we could take care of ourselves, because he never liked the idea of us needing a man. And witnessing how my sisters can take care of themselves financially was a great model to have."

Elizabeth may not have the fashion empire her twin siblings share, but she ain't done bad for herself -- she's already an indie movie darling for her turn in awards bait "Martha Marcy May Marlene."  

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Photo: Mary-Kate, left, Ashley and Elizabeth Olsen celebrate Lizzie's Nylon cover. Credit: WireImage



Jennifer Aniston, Elizabeth Olsen among Elle Women in Hollywood

2011 Elle Women in Hollywood honorees: Jennifer Aniston, Elizabeth Olsen and Frieda Pinto

Actress and newly minted director Jennifer Aniston has something to celebrate: She's among the talented crop of 2011 Elle Women in Hollywood honorees.

For its 18th year, Elle will recognize Aniston's influence in the film biz along with Viola Davis, Evan Rachel Wood, "Immortals" beauty Freida Pinto, Naomi Watts and Michelle Pfieffer.

Photos: Sofia Coppola, Gwyneth Paltrow are 2010 Elle Women in Hollywood honorees

DreamWorks honcho Stacey Snider will nab a prize (on the heels of her Variety Power of Women trophy), as will Mary-Kate and Ashley's little sister, Elizabeth Olsen, accepting the Calvin Klein Collection emerging star award.

Barbra Streisand will be on hand to take the L'Oreal Paris Legend award.

"As has long been our tradition, this year we honor an extraordinary group of women who continue to redefine what is possible in Hollywood," Elle Editor in  Chief Robbie Myers said in a statement. 

The fete goes down Oct. 17 at the swanky Four Seasons in Beverly Hills, where David Yurman will drench some of the esteemed gals in jewels. 

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Photo: Jennifer Aniston, left, Elizabeth Olsen and Freida Pinto. Credits: Getty Images.

 


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